HOLSTEIN NI’s first female show and sale of the New Year has attracted an entry of 34 freshly calved heifers and nine young cows.
Sponsored by Cogent UK, the event takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Wednesday, January 16.
The pre-sale show commences at 10.30am, and will be judged by Nicholas McCann from the Simlahill herd based at Bangor in County Down. The sale will get underway at 11.30am.
Auctioneer Michael Taaffe has confirmed that entries have been received from many of the province’s leading herds, including Abercorn, Ards, Ballycairn, Ballycrochan, Ballygrainey, Carrowcroft, Fiddlersgreen, Herdstown, Hilltara, Hycrest, Majestic, Matfield, Relough and Simlahill.
The catalogue includes many of the breed’s most renowned cow families, such as Roxy, Barb, Kitty, Pledge, Dellia, Ruth, Margot, Lou Ella, Tinnie and Danna. Also selling is a fresh second lactation cow, and potential 15th generation VG/EX member of the famous Whittier Farms Emory Cin cow family.
The heifers and young cows on offer are daughters of leading AI bulls, including Jeeves, Toystory, Bogart, Million, Legend, Mr Sam, Talent, Alta Ross, Bolivia, Dusk and Hayden.
Also set to come under the hammer is one of the first milking daughters of Schillview Oman Gerard to sell at auction in Northern Ireland.
Cogent’s NI regional manager Ashley Fleming said that the company was delighted to continue its sponsorship of Holstein NI’s January show and sale.
Cogent Twist is currently topping the popularity charts, and the world’s number one Picston Shottle son has recently earned a place as the UK’s number one PLI sire.
“Twist is UK-proven, and during December he increased his index to a phenomenal PLI of £229, with remarkable milk quality at 39.9kg and +0.2% fat,” said Ashley Fleming.
“Added to this are his robust, hard-wearing daughters which have dairy strength, width and body depth, traits Northern Ireland’s profit-driven farmers always demand.”
He added: “They expect their cows to work hard and last well, and Cogent Twist daughters are designed for exactly that.”
Justin McGinley, who keeps 150 milking Holsteins at Ballygawley in County Tyrone concurs, and says the two progeny-test Twist daughters he has in his Roscavey herd are ahead of the rest.
Roscavey Twist Nina VG87 sums up the bull’s qualities and has recently started her third lactation.
Completing her first and second lactations well above herd average with Production Indexes of 130 and 123 respectively (herd average = 100), she gave 47 litres on her last recording at 4.7% fat and 3.7% protein.
“Her third lactation is projected to complete at 10,400kg,” continues Mr McGinley, “which is a big improvement over both her dam and grand dam. She is a lovely cow to work with, very placid and easily managed, and goes in-calf to first service every time.”
For more information on Cogent UK’s extensive range of Holstein bulls contact Ashley Fleming on mobile: 07775 561823, or call Cogent on 01244 622000.
Catalogues for next week’s Holstein NI show and sale are available on request from Taaffe Auctions on tel: 00353 41 9881288. Alternatively, download a copy of the catalogue from www.taaffeauctions.com.